Site Outages for Friendster, Twitter

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Both Friendster and Twitter have experienced downtime this afternoon:

  • Watch those DNS settings! Twitter said its brief downtime was due to a DNS configuration error that impacted the entire site. The outage for Twitter is notable because it hasn’t had any in a while and survived ElectionNight traffic with no major problems. “We’ve not had an outage of this length since mid-July and will be carefully reviewing what went wrong,” the Twitter team said on the site’s status page. 
  • The outage at Friendster appears to be more significant, and there are reports that it is related to power problems at its data center. The site remains offline, and a traceroute to Friendster ends at Quality Technology Services/Globix.    

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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